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flip-flop

1. To completely change one's opinion or stance. Primarily heard in US. The voters were tired of hearing the candidate flip-flop and felt they could not trust him to stick with one position. I used to hold a staunch view about the case, but then I flip-flopped after hearing the other side's testimony.
2. noun A complete change in opinion or stance. There have been several flip-flops among the candidates during the campaign, with some changing their stance more than once!
3. noun A thong sandal. Often used in the plural to refer to the pair. Don't forget your flip-flops when we go to the beach, or you'll have to walk on the hot sand barefoot!

flip-flop

1. n. a reversal. The president denied making a flip-flop. He said he simply forgot his earlier position.
2. n. the return trip of a long journey. (see also flip side.) Didn’t we chat on the flip-flop last week?
3. in. to change direction or intensity. Jed flip-flopped twice in the evening, leaving us where we started.
4. in. to waver in one’s decisions. Well, you just flip-flop all you want. I know what I want.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a flip-flopper, too: Elected on a platform of balancing the budget, he substantially increased spending with his New Deal.
While Romney's camp dismissedObama's taunt as a gimmick, the image of Romney as a flip-flopper, one that his fellow conservatives have hit him with in the past, might yet gain traction with undecided voters.
run against Mitt Romney by calling him a flip-flopper.
But the power of Uranus - the planet of originality, innovation and hasty behaviors - gives him a certain groundlessness that contributes to his reputation as a flip-flopper.
First of all, there is the perennial American political issue of being a flip-flopper.
Santorum regularly teased Romney as a flip-flopper on social and conservative issues who could not be trusted.
On issues other than healthcare and taxes, Romney has a record of being either a liberal-left Republican or--at best--an opportunistic flip-flopper.
The supreme leader has become the supreme flip-flopper.
Front-runner Mitt Romney cemented his reputation as a flip-flopper largely due to his cynical positioning as a "pro-family" candidate during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, trumpeting his opposition to gay marriage during his years as Massachusetts governor to win over evangelicals wary of his Mormonism.
In a much odder recreational choice, Kerry went windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket, giving the Bush campaign a great visual for one of its most effective attack ads, which dubbed Kerry a flip-flopper.
But the perception that he was a soulless flip-flopper dogged Romney through 2007 and into 2008.
This is the consistent Democratic strategy even though being a flip-flopper or Republican-lite sabotages their candidates.
But the one thing that would definitely unite them is that they share the butt of an insult from political flip-flopper Eoghan Harris.